Oglethorpe to Award Three Honorary Degrees at May 7 Commencement

Researcher and author Dr. Richard Wrangham is a trustee of the Jane Goodall Institute and a former trustee of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

The Oglethorpe University 2011 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., on the academic quadrangle of the OU campus. President Larry Schall will preside over the ceremony that will honor more than 250 graduating students.

This year, Oglethorpe will present honorary degrees to three distinguished members of the civic and academic worlds:

Award-winning poet Linda Bierds

–  Award-winning poet and University of Washington Professor of English Linda Bierds will receive a Doctor of Letters honorary degree.

The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, will receive a Doctor of Laws honorary degree.

Dr. Richard Wrangham, the Ruth Moore Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University, will receive a Doctor of Sciences honorary degree.

Each honorary degree recipient will address the Class of 2011. Past honorary degree recipients include such well-known names as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson, and Amelia Earhart.

Additional commencement ceremony details may be found at www.oglethorpe.edu/commencement. Continue reading

OUr kind of Monday…

Who says Mondays are no good?

This Monday (March 15), why not make it yOUr kind of Monday?

Bernice A. King

Visit the Conant Center from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., to meet Bernice A. King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She’s also the president-elect of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

King will be interviewed by several OU students about the topic Women as Leaders and Peace Makers in a Time of War and Economic Crisis. Following the program, she’ll sign copies of her books, available for purchase at the event. Brought to us by the Oglethorpe Women’s Network (OWN) and is co-sponsored by OU’s nationally-recognized Center for Civic Engagement and the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program. There is no cost to attend.

Poet Linda Bierds (photo: mary levin)

You can then stroll across the parking lot to the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) for two more events.  From 5:00-6:30 p.m., national award-winning poet Linda Bierds will read from her most recent book Flight: New and Selected Poems, followed by a reception and book signing. 

Then you can stick around for a couple cocktails, the current Matisse exhibition, and some scrumptious food by Two Urban Licks. OUMA hosts Mondays in March: Martinis with Matisse, presented by Grey Goose, every Monday this month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This event is $15.

Is there a better way to spend a Monday? We think not.